I’ve got a secret. My secret will be revealed before Valentine’s Day 2020. I am not supposed to tell anyone until I am given the OK to do so. The people who have told me to keep quiet about the announcement understand I am dying to proclaim this news but when they contacted me, they mentioned, “We love the enthusiasm you will bring about the announcement, but please try your very hardest not to until…”
Will my secret play out like the I’ve Got A Secret panel game television show which premiered June 19, 1952 and ran on CBS until April 3, 1967, even switching from black and white to color? This show was a derivative of the What’s My Line? television show but instead of celebrity panelists trying to determine a contestant’s occupation, the panel on I’ve Got A Secret tried to determine a contestant’s “secret.” Like this show, will it be something unusual, amazing, embarrassing, or humorous about me like it was for their participants? Will my secret be similar?
My instructions read, “You will receive another e-mail in a few weeks with more information…” Could the directive be like the American spy-fiction series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? This NBC broadcast followed secret agents who worked for a very secret international counterespionage and law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. Premiering on September 22, 1964 and completing its run on January 15, 1968, it led the spy-fiction craze on television and by 1966 there were nearly a dozen imitators. Will I, too, be called into some secretive service?
My preparations continued, “…Our role…is to create a…plan that best suits you and allows you as much or as little involvement as you choose.” Did this mean if I choose to accept my role like in Mission: Impossible? In 1966, this television series chronicled the exploits of a team of secret government agents known as IMF or Impossible Missions Force. Each episode opened with a fast-paced montage of shots from that episode which unfolded as the series’ theme music played. Maybe I will receive my next directive from a voice delivered on a recording which then destroys itself. I do hope if by email, my computer does not blow up.
What if my instructions are like I Spy? I mean my email did read, “In order for us to provide you with the best possible support…please provide us with as much information…as you can…We are excited to be working with you…” I Spy was a secret-agent adventure television series that ran on NBC from September 1965 to April 15, 1968 and teamed two United States intelligence agents traveling undercover as international amateur and professional tennis players. In their reality, they just play against wealthy opponents in return for food and lodging. Their work involved chasing villains, spies, and beautiful women. I can’t play tennis well but I have been a golf groupie, if that helps, and know my way around golf courses.
My e-mail continued, “Be on the lookout for another e-mail in the next few weeks.” Will it be similar to Charlie’s Angels, an American crime drama TV series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981? With three female leads, it followed the adventures of these women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles. Their unseen boss sent them crime-fighting operations assignments by speakerphone. At least he didn’t have anything to self-destruct in five seconds like in Mission Impossible.
Maybe my assignment will be more like Get Smart. Comedy is really more like me. This NBC series premiered on September 18, 1965 with the bumbling Don Adams character as Agent 86 parodying secret agent characters popular at that time.
This secret will be revealed soon enough and I promise I will announce it here. Be on the lookout. You’ll know what, when, where, why, and, how. You already know WHO. Until then…hoping my computer doesn’t self-destruct.

Lee St. John, a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, is a No.1 Amazon ranked humorous author. Look for her on Facebook, Twitter (@LeeStJohnauthor), and her blog at www.leestjohnauthor.com. Her new release, “SHE’S A KEEPER! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess” can be found on Amazon.com.